Jan Bell: Home
Jan Bell lives in Brooklyn and has engaged audiences from The American Folk Art Museum, to The Waldorf Astoria; playing both sides of The Atlantic from Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival to Glastonbury - solo and with her band THE MAYBELLES.
Jan, Rima, and Tina at Rockwood Music Hall, NYC 2013.
Enchantingly fusing Anglo-Americana sounds Jan Bell has a wonderful knack of breathing new life into time worn folk tales and rare used human stories 4 STARS - Maverick Magazine, UK
It could be 1925 and the Appalachians! A cool clear harmony and narrative driven by the simple guitar cycle and the ghostly violin. Taut vocals and beautiful instrumentation. Americana UK.
Making waves in the home of country, from a Yorkshire coal mining background whose roots still show...A latter day Loretta Lynn. The Times, London UK.
A beautiful blend of old timey folk and alt. country 4 1/2 STARS American Roots UK
THUMBS UP! Fetching British American album. fRoots.
A strong argument in favour of keeping the album format alive 4 STARS R2 Rock n Reel, UK
It’s not a stretch to imagine future generations of Americana musicians referencing the Jan Bell versions of many of these songs: this album secures her place among the finest and most individualistic musicians in that world. New York Music Daily
NYC shows often include special guests from the thriving Brooklyn country music community. Philippa Thompson steps in regularly on Mandolin, washboard, and the Saw; Megan Palmer, now based in Nashville plays violin or piano; Katy Stone (banjo): and May 'bro' Tim Luntzel on upright bass. Past members of The Maybelles join back in from time to time as well - Hilary Hawke, Katy Rose Cox, and founding member Melissa Carper.
Tina, Katy, Philippa, & Jan - Governor's Island Opening Day, NYC*
Bill Monroe's 'With Body and Soul' Live at Joe's Pub, NYC
Featured Artist in The Village Voice; Nashville Scene; GO NYC; Americana UK; NOW Toronto, Performing Songwriter; 3rd Coast Music, Austin TX; New Orleans City Life; Sing Out!; Musician's Atlas. Opening for Emmylou Harris, Wanda Jackson, Odetta, Steve Earle, & The Be Good Tanyas.
Independent Music Awards 8th Annual Best Alt. Country Album.
Brooklyn Country Music Hall of Fame (Inductee) Award
International Bluegrass Music Awards, IBMA Nashville - Official Artist with the Maybelles
Village Voice TOP 10 Folk Albums
1st place WINNER New Orleans City Life Singer/Songwriter
WINNER New Jersey Folk Festival Singer Songwriter
Brooklyn Arts Council September 11th 'Memorial Sing',
NYC Top 3 Albums of the year CMR Nashville, UK
Mayor Bloomberg Award for Women in Business, NYC
Superfine cites Jan Bell and Little Red Hen Music in receipt of the Award.
'The Real Deal' Songwriter's Masters Stage at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, NY with Claire Lynch, and The Gibson Brothers
MacDowell Colony 100 year celebration in Central Park, NYC
Audience Award Title Track in Malibu Film Festival 'Between the Bridges'
Emerging Leadership Institute at APAP (Arts Presenters and Performers, NYC Annual Convention 2011)
Jan spent several years traveling the back roads of North America and was introduced to the American Folk communtiy by Jason Eklund. New Orleans, the Ozarks, Oregon, New Mexico and Colorado were all Home to them. In 2000 Jan settled in a neighborhood by The Brooklyn Bridge known as Dumbo (Down under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass), and put together her first country band. Since then she has made six albums, solo and as band leader of The Maybelles. Accompaniment tends to comprise violin, banjo, upright bass, piano, and/or lap steel.
Highlights of 2012
(more coming soon)
First time in mainland Europe! A packed house at White Trash in Berlin; and a Live broadcast overlooking the city on AmsterdamFM.
Little Red Hen Music was founded by Jan as a member organization of the Folk Alliance in '99. This year LRH branches out into Publicity and Tour Support.
Following a UK string of dates opening for Will Scott - Americana UK 9 out of 10 review, lists his cover of Jan Bell's 'Right to Love' as a stand out track.
UK Tour with Will Scott, including Glastonbury Festival!
Joe's Pub, NYC - packed house with The Sweetback Sisters
Make Music New York with Baby Gramps.
Singing at Weddings in New Orleans in the Marigny; & a 9th Century Church in Sussex, England
Duets with Jolie Holland - Dumbo Arts Festival, City Winery, NYC. World Cafe, Philadelphia.
HIGHLIGHTS of 2009:
Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, 'The Real Deal' Songwriters In the Round on the Masters Stage with Claire Lynch, and The Gibson Brothers.
Americana UK Feature Interview.
Opening for Steve Earle!
Tribute album to EC Ball, singing alongside Samantha Parton (The Be Good Tanyas) and Jolie Holland.
Signs with Charisma Artist Agency.
Opening for FERRON in NYC, and ODETTA in the Ozarks.
WINNER! Independent Music Awards for Alt. Country Album of the year 2008
Made in Brooklyn and produced by Samantha Parton (The Be Good Tanyas), the album was chosen over thousands of entries world-wide winning
The People's Choice Award.
Dumbo Rooftop photo (top right) by Derek Richmond.
*The Maybelles at Governor's Island photo by Sean Wallace
Photo below by Dina Regine, Brooklyn 2011.